31 August 2009

Domus Dei...

A rather striking photo of Our Lady of the Atonement Church, taken by Brian Easley.

A Prayer for the Parish

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Not like other men...

It was newsworthy when the President of the United States was asked to hand-deliver a senator’s letter to the Pope – a letter not from just any senator, but from Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The Holy Father quite rightly didn’t reveal its contents, which made me hope it contained specific expressions of sorrow and contrition for the battle which the senator waged against innocent human life for more than three decades. Repentance for such public sin would be far better if it had been offered publicly, but alas – there was no repentance forthcoming for the senator’s leadership in the support for wide accessibility to abortion, unless it was in some other part of the letter not revealed.

It was Cardinal McCarrick who read excerpts from the letter at the time of the burial of Senator Kennedy, and it would be unimaginable that he would leave out such a statement of repentance if there was one, since he quoted a few words from the senator which expressed his imperfection.

Here is what Cardinal McCarrick read:

"Most Holy Father I asked President Obama to personally hand deliver this letter to you. As a man of deep faith himself, he understands how important my Roman Catholic faith is to me, and I am so deeply grateful to him. I hope this letter finds you in good health. I pray that you have all of God's blessings as you lead our church and inspire our world during these challenging times. I am writing with deep humility to ask that you pray for me as my own health declines.

"I was diagnosed with brain cancer more than a year ago and although I continue treatment, the disease is taking its toll on me. I am 77 years old and preparing for the next passage of life. I have been blessed to be part of a wonderful family and both of my parents, particularly my mother, kept our Catholic faith at the center of our lives. That gift of faith has sustained and nurtured and provides solace to me in the darkest hours. I know that I have been an imperfect human being, but with the help of my faith I have tried to right my path. I want you to know Your Holiness that in my nearly 50 years of elective office I have done my best to champion the rights of the poor and open doors of economic opportunity. I have worked to welcome the immigrant, to fight discrimination and expand access to health care and education. I have opposed the death penalty and fought to end war.

"Those are the issues that have motivated me and have been the focus of my work as a United States senator. I also want you to know that even though I am ill, I am committed to do everything I can to achieve access to health care for everyone in my country. This has been the political cause of my life. I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field and I will continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone. I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic, Your Holiness, and though I have fallen short through human failings, I have never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings of my faith. I continue to pray for God's blessings on you and on our church and would be most thankful for your prayers for me."

Certainly, no one of goodwill would wish the senator any eternal ill, and the Holy Father’s response, although general, is in keeping with what most of us would say: an expression of regret for Senator Kennedy’s physical condition and the assurance of prayer.

However, as a final act of contrition, the senator’s letter falls far short. Even a child making his first confession knows that a sincere and specific facing of one’s sinfulness is required. Repentance isn’t a recounting of the good one has done; rather, it involves facing squarely the wrong one has done. There’s none of that here, other than the general and gentle statement that “I know that I have been an imperfect human being…” Instead, the senator’s letter is a litany of his good works. It’s almost as though the senator was reminding the Holy Father of what he should include in any future public letter of condolence.

It all strikes me as so self-serving, right to the end. And I couldn’t help but recall our Lord’s parable of the two men, one a Pharisee and the other a publican, going up to the temple. The Pharisee prayed, “I thank thee, Lord, that I am not like other men…”

Of course, I pray that Senator Kennedy, before he died, repented of the evil he did. I wouldn’t wish him or anyone else eternal damnation. But I am glad that he’s no longer able to carry on as he had been, making the world an unjust and dangerous place for innocent human life.

30 August 2009

This week's Collect...

Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

"Where Do You Stand?"

Click here for the sermon from August 23rd.

Pictured above: "Christ Preaching At Capernaum" by Maurycy Gottlieb.

29 August 2009

Congratulations to our Deacons...

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the ordination of both the deacons who serve at Our Lady of the Atonement.

Deacon Michael D'Agostino is the business manager of Central Catholic High School, a Marianist institution here in San Antonio. He is with us on Sundays and Holy Days, and is on the regular schedule for preaching. He also assists with marriage preparation and other pastoral duties as needed.

Deacon James P. Orr is the business manager for the parish, which includes both the church and school. He also preaches, helps with preparing couples for marriage, assists with counseling, and is an essential day to day advisor to me. Deacon Orr teaches AP World Geography at the Academy, and almost any student I talk to tells me, "He's my favorite teacher!"

Our deacons are immensely important in the ministry of our parish, and I'm very, very grateful to them for giving themselves in service to the Church through this parish.

ALMIGHTY God, who by thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; Mercifully behold these thy servants called to the like Office and Administration: so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edification of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.

28 August 2009

St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor

O LORD GOD, who art the light of the minds that know thee, the life of the souls that love thee, and the strength of the hearts that serve thee: Help us, following the example of thy servant Augustine of Hippo, so to know thee that we may truly love thee, and so to love thee that we may fully serve thee, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

27 August 2009

Welcome home, Sisters!

Ten of the All Saints Sisters of the Poor will be received into the Catholic Church on September 3rd. Read the whole story here.

Respect and gratitude...

This photograph and brief news story appeared yesterday in the Houston Chronicle. The nuns pictured here are Sister Mary Peter and Sister Elizabeth Marie, Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, living here in the parish.

Two nuns watch as the procession of Army Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen, 29, passes in San Antonio, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Bowen was killed in action Aug. 18 after he was struck by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Pray, please for the repose of the soul of Sgt. Bowen, and also for his family as they grieve.

School stuff...

Everyone at the Academy agrees: this seems to be the best year yet! Great additions have been made to our faculty, and several excellent new students have found a school where they are able to excel.

You can read the latest issue of the Crusader Times by clicking here.

25 August 2009

St. Louis IX of France

O God, who didst call thy servant Saint Louis of France to an earthly throne that he might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and didst give him zeal for thy Church and love for thy people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate him this day may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A really good idea...

If you been following the goings-on in the Episcopal Church at all, you'll have noticed there are a lot of lawsuits flying around. Almost every single one of these lawsuits has to do with suing for property. A parish or a diocese finally realizes that the Episcopal Church no longer has what they would consider to be a traditional understanding of the Christian faith, so they want to leave. It's perfectly normal, when you're leaving someplace, to take what's yours, especially since those who are doing the leaving are the ones who paid for the buildings, or at least their parents and grandparents did. Those remaining in the Episcopal Church are saying, "Hold on. Wait a minute. Leave if you want to, but you're not taking anything with you." Naturally, each side thinks it has the law on its side.

I've got the answer! Here's exactly what the losing side needs... the "inflatable church!"

I'm serious. You can actually rent or purchase it at this website, where it's described in some detail:

"The attention to detail is heavenly complete with plastic 'stained glass' windows and airbrush artwork which replicates the traditional church. Inside it has an inflatable organ, altar, pulpit, pews, candles and a gold cross. Even the doors are flanked by air-filled angels."

Seems like it's all there except for the inflatable clergyperson. I won't attempt any jokes about preachers and hot air. And another good thing: if you're on the winning side of the lawsuit, you can add insult to injury by letting the air out of the competition.

24 August 2009

A great blog returns...

A blog I can heartily recommend is "De Cura Animarum" by Jeffrey Steel. Jeffrey was an Anglican clergyman, and entered the Catholic Church this past July with his wife and six children. Jeffrey is an American now living in England. He writes beautifully, and his story is compelling. Also, please keep him in your prayers as he continues his academic work, and awaits God's Will for his future ministry in the Catholic Church.

22 August 2009

Upon her head a crown of twelve stars...

"More than all the angels and all the saints has God ineffable freely endowed Mary with the fullness of the heavenly gifts that abound in the divine treasury; and she, preserving herself ever immaculately clean from the slightest taint of sin, attained a fullness of innocence and holiness so great as to be unthinkable apart from God Himself, a fullness that no one other than God will ever possess."

Pope Pius IX in Ineffabilis Deus

20 August 2009

A gentle Shepherd...

O heavenly Father, Shepherd of thy people, we give thee thanks for thy servant Pope St. Pius X, who was faithful in the care and nurture of thy flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, we may by thy grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Part of the answer...

... a BIG part, in fact. The answer to what? Health care reform.

I have no doubt that there are aspects of our health care system needing reassessment and repair, but rather than thinking the system's broken, I think the system has been assaulted. The State of Texas actually has started to do something about it. Here's part of an article about it:

The Lone Star state has its problems, but in recent years it has made major progress in improving health care availability, especially in predominantly poor and minority regions. Being Texas, the solution wasn't budget-busting, either.

Their answer? They got rid of the lawyers.

Not literally. But they did take on that perennial pillar of the Democrat Party, the trial lawyers.

Read the whole article from American Thinker.

18 August 2009

"All right, students. Listen carefully..."

I'm doing something I haven't done before. I'm teaching part of a Scripture course for some of our Upper School students, and I'm having a great time! I've been teaching the Scriptures to adults here in the parish for many years, and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to teach in a high school setting. The chairman of our Theology Department put the pressure on, though, and I'm glad he did. The students are responsive, and it's nice to get to know them in a setting other than the confessional or at Mass.

17 August 2009

This week's collect...

Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

15 August 2009

Ave Sanctissima, Ave Purissima...

O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may, through her intercession, share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

...and this is also our great anniversary day:

Twenty-six years ago today the parish of Our Lady of the Atonement was established.

Twenty-six years ago today I was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood.

Twenty-two years ago today the High Altar was consecrated and the building was blessed.

Fifteen years ago today the Academy was founded.

Six years ago today the land was blessed and the ground was broken for our expansion.

Three years ago today Archbishop Gomez blessed our expanded church building.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all men.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;
and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to thy service,
and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

14 August 2009

Everything's in gear...

Our first day of classes went without a hitch, and by the second day we hit the ground running. The new students have been made welcome by our returning students, and it's wonderful to see so many happy kids filling the hallways.

Today's Mass was celebrated in Latin, which was a "first" for most of our new students. It really was beautiful, and our "young-men-with-changed-voices" choir provided some very lovely chanting.

This afternoon the faculty and students will reassemble in the church for Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, in celebration of the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Heaven. We're keeping the Vigil primarily in honor of Our Lady, of course, but also because tomorrow, the Solemnity of the Assumption, is also our great Founding Day. It's the twenty-sixth anniversary of the founding of the parish and also of my ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, and it's the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the Academy. It all certainly attests to the goodness of God and to the power of the Blessed Mother's prayers!

13 August 2009

And so it begins...

Hundreds of students have arrived. The teachers have been getting ready for weeks. The altar is prepared for the first daily Mass of the academic year. And I'm one very happy priest. I've missed having the children here every day over the summer, and for the past several Sundays I've been hearing from them, "I'm ready for school to start!"

This is our fifteenth year as a school, and as I've said fifteen times -- this is going to be a very good year!

12 August 2009

I don't recall that particular Mystery...

With triple-digit temperatures and a drought that won't seem to end, the wildlife around here is on a constant search for water and shade...

Parishioner mistakes coral snake for rosary

James Muñoz / KENS 5

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Father James Galvin has served at Mission San Juan de Capistrano for 11 years. In that time he's seen plenty of coral snakes in his rectory and even inside the church.

On Sunday, a woman in line to take communion spotted what she thought was a rosary; instead it was a colorful coral snake. The woman threw the snake and caused quite a scare.

Despite the scare, no one was hurt.

As for the snake in the church, a greeter took care of it and threw it outside. The coral snake was about a foot long.

Father Galvin said keeps at least five cats around, including two in the house, to alert him when a snake sneaks in.

I imagine the conversation over Sunday lunch at that lady's house covered more than the weather and Father's sermon...

St. Vincent de Paul clarification...

Over the past several weeks there has been great confusion about the stance of the St. Vincent de Paul Society on health care reform. There was an "action alert" sent out from the national office of SVdP, telling members to urge their congressmen to support health care reform. Apparently the intention was not what came across in the wording of the alert. It sounded like we were supposed to express support for the current plan under discussion -- which would be difficult, since it's convoluted and confusing, and aspects of it are contrary to moral teaching. A completely separate issue is the whole matter of paying for the buffet of pork that it seems to be, and whether it's moral to bankrupt our nation.

A clarification has come from the national office of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Here it is -- and I really do wish they'd said this in the first place.

From: Joseph Flannigan, President joeflann@svdpusa.org
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:21 AM
Subject: Health Care Reform issue

The controversy surrounding the reports of the National Society of St. Vincent de Paul supporting health care reform which includes federal funding of abortion continues. Let me assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. The intent of our legislative action alert, referenced in the media activity, was to urge our membership to ask their congressional representatives to support essential health care reform that is consistent with the teachings of our Catholic faith.

As our vision statement reminds us… “Because Vincentians are friends in Christ, it will be said as in the Acts of the Apostles, the community of believers was of one heart and mind. This charism draws to the Society people of all backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and ages, particularly the young. Because of these strengths, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is the most powerful voice in the world for alleviating the suffering of the poor and bringing justice to the poor here in this country and throughout the world.”

It is important that you as leaders of the Society insure that our position on health care reform is communicated to the members of your Councils and Conferences emphasizing that the National Council does not support any legislation which would contradict traditional Catholic values.

Yours in St. Vincent and Blessed Frédéric,

Joseph D. Flannigan
National Council of the United States
58 Progress Parkway
St. Louis, Missouri 63043

10 August 2009

Love Story...

A beautiful story from Cincinnati...

Couple's love spans 75 years
By John Johnston

It was a small ceremony attended by only a few family members and friends. They gathered on a Tuesday in the priest's parlor at St. Boniface in Northside and listened to a young couple recite their wedding vows.

To have and to hold, from this day forward...

"They wouldn't let us in church," recalls the former Thelma Wiesman, who was the bride that day. Walter Shroyer, the groom, wasn't Catholic, although he later converted.

"That's a long time ago," Thelma says.

Seventy-five years.

She was 18 and Walter was 19 when they married on Aug. 11, 1934. Now 93 and 94, they will mark a milestone Tuesday that few others attain.

They're sitting on the patio of their buff brick home in Colerain Township, enjoying a summer breeze and eyeing Walter's large garden in the distance. Its dozens of tomato plants are beginning to produce plump, juicy fruit.

Walter thinks back to the fall of 1933. He was working part-time as a waiter at the Graystone Ballroom in Music Hall when he spotted an auburn-haired hat-check girl. Thelma.

"I think I fell in love with her the minute I saw her," he says. "I asked to take her home one night. She agreed. I think she thought I had a car. But I didn't, so I had to take her home (to Northside) on a street car."

They had few luxuries. The nation was mired in the depths of the Depression.

Unemployment in Cincinnati was at 30 percent. By 1934, the year the Shroyers married, unemployment was 25 percent and only 62 percent of local workers had full-time jobs.

For richer, for poorer...

"My mother and father didn't have anything," Thelma says. "His mother and father didn't have anything. In other words, we were poor."

Relatives treated the newlyweds to dinner on their wedding night. The family then gathered and quaffed a keg of beer.

The next morning, "I went to the grocery store a half square up," Walter says, "and bought two eggs, 5 cents apiece, and brought 'em home for our breakfast."

Their first home was a third-floor, two-room apartment in Northside. Rent was $10 a month. "But we didn't have any heat. When cold weather started coming, we had to move out," Walter says. They found a place for $13 a month, heat included.

Walter eventually got a job at Formica. He was a senior account representative when he retired in 1978. For years, he also supplemented the family income by working Saturdays at a nursery.

For better, for worse...

Thelma says the happiest days of her married life were when she welcomed their children into the world. The couple had four: Walter Jr., Mary Lou, Margie and Jane. Perhaps the saddest day was when they lost one. Margie was 48 years old when one of her sons came home and found her in a chair, dead of an aneurysm.

It happened 20 years ago, but Thelma's eyes water and her voice cracks when she thinks about it.

"You're not supposed to outlive your children," she says quietly.

In sickness or in health...

Three years ago in October, Thelma suffered a heart attack.

"The doctors told us to say our goodbyes because she wasn't going to make it through the night," daughter Jane Frey says.

The three adult children gathered outside Thelma's intensive care room with their father.

"That's just about the worst feeling a person can have," Walter says. "All I could do was just visually, mentally, pray that it wasn't going to happen."

Morning arrived, and Thelma's heart was still beating. She received a pacemaker, and was home for Christmas.

"They didn't want me up there," Thelma says, referring to heaven.

To love and to cherish, till death do us part...

Walter says their "policy" since Day 1 of their marriage has been: "If we had a problem between us, everything was solved and forgotten by the time we went to bed." "And," Thelma says, "he never goes to bed without kissing me."

And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

Walter won't deny that, on occasion, he has "looked at a pretty girl when she walked by."

But, "Neither of us ever cheated," he says. "That just has to happen once and that could spoil the whole rest of your life. But I know it never happened."

"Oh my goodness, no," Thelma adds.

Then Walter blurts out: "I could never figure out how she could put up with me for 75 years."

Says Thelma: "I guess I just loved him."

Walter thinks about that, as if searching for another way to express how they've lived out their wedding vows the past three-quarters-of-a-century, before finally agreeing with his wife. "It's nothing but just love," he says.

05 August 2009

Wise thoughts...

From the time I was a child I've admired "pithy sayings" -- those few words, when one hears them or reads them, thinks to himself, "I wish I'd said that."

Here are some gems from the Ven. John Henry Cardinal Newman:

“Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.”

“It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.”

“It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.”

“Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”

“Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue.”

“From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.”

“We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.”

Our Lady of the Snows

From the Anglican Breviary...

"THIS feast is in commemoration of the first church to be dedicated in Rome under the invocation of our Lady, and the third of those Christian temples in the City known as Patriarchal Basilicas. The origin of this building, according to an old story, popular in ancient times, was as followeth. In the middle of the fourth century, during the pontificate of Pope Liberius, there lived at Rome a certain nobleman named John, and a noble lady his wife, who had no children to whom to leave their substance, and who vowed that they would make the holy Virgin Mother of God their heiress. And earnestly they besought her in some way to make known to them upon what godly work she would have their money spent. And thereupon (so saith the story) the blessed Virgin graciously listened to the heart-felt earnestness of their prayers, and by a wondrous sign assured them of her will.

"ON the fifth day of August, which is the time when the heat of summer waxeth greatest in Rome, a part of the Esquiline Hill was covered at night with snow. And some scholars think that such a strange and unseasonable fall of snow did take place, and so gave rise to the old tale, which goeth on to say on this same night the Mother of God appeared in a dream to John and his wife separately, and told them that on that spot, which in the morning they could see clad in snow, they should build a church, to be dedicated under the name of the Virgin Mary, for that this was the way in which she chose that they should make her their heiress. Then John went and told it to Pope Liberius, who declared that he also had been visited by a like dream.

"THEREFORE Pope Liberius went in a solemn procession of clergy and people to the snow-clad hill, and traced upon that spot the plan of the church, which same was afterwards built with the money of John and his wife. And later it was rebuilt by Saint Pope Sixtus III. At the beginning it was called by divers names, sometimes the Liberian Basilica, sometimes the Church of Saint Mary-at-the-Manger (because of the presence there of a relick revered as the Manger in which our infant Lord lay), and so on. Howbeit, since there are in Rome many churches called after the holy Virgin Mary, and this church, both in age and dignity, doth excel them all, it is commonly called St. Mary Major. And the memory of the dedication there of is kept every year by this feast-day that taketh name from the strange fall of snow which is said to have taken place on this day."

03 August 2009

Avail yourself of the Indulgence...

During this Year for Priests the Church gives us opportunities to gain both plenary and partial indulgences. Tomorrow is the Commemoration of St. John Vianney, Patron of Priests, and is an especially good day to take advantage of this privilege. Here are the requirements:

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to all the faithful who are truly repentant who, in church or in chapel, devoutly attend the divine Sacrifice of Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, and any other good work which they have done on that day, so that He may sanctify them and form them in accordance with His Heart, as long as they have made expiation for their sins through sacramental confession and prayed in accordance with the Supreme Pontiff's intentions: on the days in which the Year for Priests begins and ends, on the day of the 150th anniversary of the pious passing of St. John Mary Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month or on any other day established by the local Ordinaries for the benefit of the faithful.

It will be most appropriate, in cathedral and parish churches, for the same priests who are in charge of pastoral care to publicly direct these exercises of devotion, to celebrate Holy Mass and to hear the confession of the faithful.

The Plenary Indulgence will likewise be granted to the elderly, the sick and all those who for any legitimate reason are confined to their homes who, with a mind detached from any sin and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, at home or wherever their impediment detains them, provided that on the above-mentioned days they recite prayers for the sanctification of priests and confidently offer the illnesses and hardships of their lives to God through Mary Queen of Apostles.

Lastly, the Partial Indulgence is granted to all the faithful every time they devoutly recite five Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias, or another expressly approved prayer, in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to obtain that priests be preserved in purity and holiness of life.

01 August 2009

Collect for Sunday, 2nd August

O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church, and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succor, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

UPDATE: New Liturgical Movement has linked to this Collect in an interesting article about the use of hieratic liturgical English in worship. Some time ago I wrote a posting called "Prayerful Cadence," which discusses what makes for beautiful English in the liturgy.